Standing room only at 2018 DOTTY Awards


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Community turns out to support lower Manhattan’s change-makers


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  • EMTs Jin Huan Yang and Anthony Fracchiolla with New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick. Photo: Steven Strasser




  • Publisher Jeanne Straus, Robert Hammond of Friends of the High Line, and NYC Commissioner Julie Menin. Photo: Steven Strasser




  • The 2018 DOTTY Honorees with Our Town Downtown Publisher Jeanne Straus, Editor in Chief Alexis Gelber, and emcee Bree Driscoll of NY1. Photo: Steven Strasser




Our Town Downtown and The Chelsea News presented the 2018 DOTTY (Downtown’s Our Town Thanks You) Awards last Thursday, April 26th. Readers wrote in nominations and the newspapers’ editorial team sorted through the entries, culling a group of remarkable honorees to recognize for their dedication to the community. State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, NYC Commissioner of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin and community members joined friends, family and colleagues of the awardees to thank and congratulate them.

Local activists, such as former Community Board 1 chair Catherine McVay Hughes, and visionaries including Friends of the High Line’s Robert Hammond were amongst this year’s honorees. The final award of the evening was presented to first responders Anthony Fracchiolla, 21, and Jin Huan Yang, 26, who were the first EMTs on the scene following the 2017 Halloween terror attack, the deadliest assault in NYC since 9/11. They closed out the ceremony with a standing ovation.

Thank you to our 2018 DOTTY winners: Avenues School’s Abby Brody, Wellington Z. Chen of the Chinatown Partnership, The 14th Street Y’s Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Google’s Wendy Gonzalez, Friends of the High Line’s Robert Hammond, Catherine McVay Hughes of Community Board 1, Westfield World Trade Center’s Shari C. Hyman, The Schimmel Center’s Martin Kagan, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s Daniel Quintero, Mount Sinai’s Donnette Truss, Transportation Alternative’s Paul Steely White, Downtown Alliance’s Ron Wolfgang, and Anthony Fracchiolla and Jin Huan Yang of the FDNY.






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